5 Results in category ADHD and LD Camps and Summer Programs

Why Summer Camps Work For Children with ADHD

on 05/04/2017 - 03:49 pm

Thinking about sending your child to camp this summer? Consider these qualities that make camp a fun and useful journey for a child with ADHD.

After a long trip to camp from the airport, a young camper got out of the van, threw his head back, spread his arms, and said, “Ahh, I’m home.” John Willson, executive director for SOAR, which operates summer camps for children with ADHD in Balsam, North Carolina; Dubois, Wyoming; and internationally, likes to tell this story to drive home the fact that kids should feel excited about attending summer camp, as if it were a second home.
“You want camp to be like that for kids,” he says. “That’s what par ...

Is It Time to Change Schools?

on 12/06/2016 - 11:39 am

Sometimes changing to an ADHD-friendly school can make all the difference. An educational expert describes the options for parents of children who struggle at in the classroom.
by Susan Schwartz

Children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can learn -- often as well as many of their classmates -- but when they struggle to manage their symptoms, they flounder in the classroom. One of my students, Joseph, was an active, creative 10-year-old, but before he received the appropriate ADD/ADHD treatments and ADD/ADHD school and classroom accommodations, he frequently called out in class and changed gears arbitrarily. He would gather his scattered materials and chat ...

ADHD Camps and Schools 2016 Guide

on 03/07/2016 - 01:57 pm

Welcome!This is ADDitude's annual guide to camps & schools for children with learning differences.The list below showcases ADHD- and LD-friendly schools and programs across the U.S. and in Canada.Camp ChecklistQuestions parents should ask...1 What does the camp director know about your camper's disability? How will his disability be accommodated?2 How many campers attend, and what is he staff-to-camper ratio? 3 What are the ages of the counselors? What training do they receive?4 How can parents communicate with the counselors and director?

Click here to read the full Guide!!

Campfire Confidence: ADHD Summer Programs That Build Skills and Confidence

on 12/06/2013 - 03:38 pm

These ADHD summer camps offer more than canoe trips and S'mores. Here's how three ADHD boys built up self-esteem, social skills, organization, and academic strategies at sleep-away camps that made a difference.
By Melissa Orlov
Shira Nayman says that her son Lucas' ADHD makes him easily distracted, and that this inattention factors heavily in choosing a summer camp for him. "I wanted my son to have all the adventures that spirited boys enjoy, but in a safe environment. He's fun-loving and active, but I worried about his safety at a mainstream camp."

Distraction wasn't Shira's only consideration. Having him -- and his ADHD -- be accepted and appreciated were also high on her list ...

ADHD Summer Camp: Choosing the Best Program for Your Child

on 12/06/2013 - 03:04 pm

Summer Camp Advantages

Highly Trained Staff ADHD and LD camps often employ counselors who are trained psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, teachers, or speech and language pathologists.

Individual Attention 
A high staff-to-camper ratio allows counselors to build mentor relationships, and to teach social lessons and life skills and maintain behavioral standards. In fact, many ADHD camps have large staffs to ensure that a sense of community is the hallmark of their programs.

Social Skills Instruction 
Virtually all ADHD camps provide social skills training, with a focus on team building. Social skills are integrated into daily activities (helping one anothe ...